Trump to discuss Taliban talks, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, said any deal should allow for the United States to maintain a presence in Afghanistan. “Any peace agreement which denies the U.S. a robust counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan is n


U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, said any deal should allow for the United States to maintain a presence in Afghanistan. “Any peace agreement which denies the U.S. a robust counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan is n
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Trump to discuss Taliban talks, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said.

On a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump was to receive an afternoon briefing from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other advisers to get updated on the talks, which have been handled by Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

The U.S. military presence in Afghanistan dates to 2001 when then-President George W. Bush launched an offensive against Al Qaeda, which the Taliban government had given haven to, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Trump has been adamant that he would like to withdraw U.S. forces, possibly ahead of the November 2020 election, although a pullout would raise concerns among some in the national security community that the United States could be sacrificing gains it has made there.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, said any deal should allow for the United States to maintain a presence in Afghanistan.

“Any peace agreement which denies the U.S. a robust counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan is not a peace deal,” he said in a statement. “Instead, it is paving the way for another attack on the American homeland and attacks against American interests around the world.”

The senior administration official said a decision was not necessarily expected from the Bedminster meeting, but Trump “has been pretty clear that he wants to bring the troops home.”

The negotiations with the Taliban have been centered around a potential agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal and talks on a political settlement between the insurgents and a delegation comprising government officials, opposition leaders and civil society members.

Khalilzad also has pressed in nine rounds of negotiations in Qatar for the Taliban to renounce al Qaida, agree to prevent Afghanistan from being use as a base for extremist attacks and embrace a nationwide ceasefire while the intra-Afghan talks continue.

Both sides raised expectations that an agreement was close. Khalilzad repeatedly has said nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.


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Jeffrey Epstein had broken neck bones — raising questions about the accused sex trafficker’s cause of death

A protest group called “Hot Mess” hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had broken bones in his neck, an autopsy found, raising further questions about the accused child sex trafficker’s death last weekend while he was held in a Manhattan jail. The Washington Post on Thursday reported that Epstein’s hyoid bone was broken in his neck, according to two people familiar with the autopsy. NBC News medica


A protest group called “Hot Mess” hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had broken bones in his neck, an autopsy found, raising further questions about the accused child sex trafficker’s death last weekend while he was held in a Manhattan jail. The Washington Post on Thursday reported that Epstein’s hyoid bone was broken in his neck, according to two people familiar with the autopsy. NBC News medica
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Jeffrey Epstein had broken neck bones — raising questions about the accused sex trafficker's cause of death

A protest group called “Hot Mess” hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City.

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had broken bones in his neck, an autopsy found, raising further questions about the accused child sex trafficker’s death last weekend while he was held in a Manhattan jail.

Epstein’s demise on Saturday in the federal lockup was originally suspected of being the result of suicide by hanging.

But it remains under investigation by the FBI and the Inspector General’s Office of the Justice Department. And the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to rule on the cause and manner of the death of the former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton after performing his autopsy.

The Washington Post on Thursday reported that Epstein’s hyoid bone was broken in his neck, according to two people familiar with the autopsy.

NBC News confirmed that with a source later Thursday.

NBC News medical expert Dr. John Torres said that a broken hyoid “can happen in both strangulation and hanging, but occurs in more often in strangulations.”

Torres noted that studies have found that a broken hyoid occurs in about 1 out of every 3 strangulations, and in 25 percent of hangings.

NYC Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson, in a statement to CNBC, said, “In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death.”

“Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum,” said Sampson, who noted that the determination of what led to Epstein’s death is pending further study.


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Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell’s whereabouts deepens as Jeffrey Epstein accusers eye his alleged madam

Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City. The mystery over Ghislaine Maxwell’s whereabouts deepened Wednesday on a report that the alleged madam for Jeffrey Epstein, an accused child sex trafficker, was holed up in a Massachusetts mansion, as an Epstein accuser filed suit against Maxwell. The speculation over Maxwell came as prosecutors and Epstein’s accusers set their


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Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's whereabouts deepens as Jeffrey Epstein accusers eye his alleged madam

Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City.

The mystery over Ghislaine Maxwell’s whereabouts deepened Wednesday on a report that the alleged madam for Jeffrey Epstein, an accused child sex trafficker, was holed up in a Massachusetts mansion, as an Epstein accuser filed suit against Maxwell.

Hours after The Daily Mail reported that Maxwell was living in tech-firm CEO Scott Borgerson’s mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, NBC News reported that a property manager of an adjacent parcel of land said that Maxwell was living at Borgerson’s residence as recently as two weeks ago.

Borgenson told NBC, however, “she is not at my home.” He admitted knowing Maxwell.

The speculation over Maxwell came as prosecutors and Epstein’s accusers set their sights on her, and on the heels of Epstein’s apparent suicide in jail last Saturday.

Before Wednesday’s reports, the most recent indication of Maxwell’s location was in 2017, when her civil lawyers reportedly told a judge she was living in London, but without a firm address there.

Maxwell’s camera shyness in recent years stands in sharp contrast to her past, when she was photographed with Epstein socializing with President Donald Trump, and attending the wedding of Chelsea Clinton, whose father, President Bill Clinton, like Trump had been friends with Epstein. In 2016, she sold her Manhattan townhouse for $15 million.

If she remains out of sight — and possibly out of the United States — the Oxford-schooled Maxwell could avoid potential civil liability and prosecution related to her relationship with Epstein.

Lawyers for Maxwell, and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which had been prosecuting Epstein, did not return requests for comment.

Before her association with Epstein, Maxwell was best known to the public as the namesake of the Lady Ghislaine, the yacht that her father, disgraced English media mogul Robert Maxwell, either jumped from or fell from when he mysteriously died at sea, leaving $4 billion in debt behind.

Maxwell, 57, long has been named by Epstein’s accusers as a woman who recruited underage girls so that he could sexually abuse them under the pretext of getting massages at his luxurious properties in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One employer of Epstein’s called Maxwell the “lady of the house,” referring to his mansion in Palm Beach.

Some accusers have also said Maxwell at times participated with Epstein in abusing them sexually. Maxwell has denied the allegations.


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Warden of jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself reassigned, two guards placed on leave on orders of Attorney General William Barr

A New York Medical Examiner’s car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held, on August 10, 2019, in New York. The warden of the federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was replaced Tuesday on orders of Attorney General William Barr pending investigations into the incident, the Justice Department said. Replacing Shirley Skipper-Scott as acting warden of the MCC is James Petrucci, the warden of


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Warden of jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself reassigned, two guards placed on leave on orders of Attorney General William Barr

A New York Medical Examiner’s car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held, on August 10, 2019, in New York.

The warden of the federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was replaced Tuesday on orders of Attorney General William Barr pending investigations into the incident, the Justice Department said.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons also placed two staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center who had been assigned to Epstein’s cell unit on administrative leave as probes into the death of the accused child sex trafficker continue.

“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

Replacing Shirley Skipper-Scott as acting warden of the MCC is James Petrucci, the warden of the federal prison in Otisville, New York.

Skipper-Scott has been transferred to the Bureau of Prison’s Northeast Regional Office.

A lawyer for Epstein, who was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The Bureau of Prisons also did not respond for a request for comment.


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Trump says ‘I have no idea’ if the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death, fueling conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “I have no idea” if former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were somehow involved in the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who died last weekend after an apparent jailhouse suicide. Both Bill Clinton and Trump himself are former friends of Epstein. Trump on Saturday retweeted one of the conspiracy promoters, who had written that Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. “He is a very highly respected conservative pu


President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “I have no idea” if former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were somehow involved in the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who died last weekend after an apparent jailhouse suicide. Both Bill Clinton and Trump himself are former friends of Epstein. Trump on Saturday retweeted one of the conspiracy promoters, who had written that Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. “He is a very highly respected conservative pu
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Trump says 'I have no idea' if the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein's death, fueling conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “I have no idea” if former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were somehow involved in the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who died last weekend after an apparent jailhouse suicide.

Trump also told reporters that he wants a “full probe” of the accused child sex trafficker Epstein’s death on Saturday, which conspiracy theorists have suggested — without any evidence at all — was the fault of the Clintons.

Both Bill Clinton and Trump himself are former friends of Epstein.

Trump on Saturday retweeted one of the conspiracy promoters, who had written that Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! … #EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily.”

“He is a very highly respected conservative pundit,” Trump said of Terrence Williams, whose tweet he re-tweeted to Trump’s 63 million followers on Twitter.

“He’s a big Trump fan. And that was a retweet. That wasn’t from me. That was from him. But he’s a man with half a million followers, a lot of followers,” Trump said.


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Court releases documents about Jeffrey Epstein, accused in sex traffic case, and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell

The suit accused Maxwell of calling Giuffre, a liar for claiming that Maxwell and Epstein sexually abused her when she was underage. It also unsealed documents that included pleadings in the defamation case, depositions, and other material. A spokesman for Dubin said, “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory. In her deposition, Giuffre was asked, “Is there anyone else that Ghislaine Maxwell directed you to go


The suit accused Maxwell of calling Giuffre, a liar for claiming that Maxwell and Epstein sexually abused her when she was underage. It also unsealed documents that included pleadings in the defamation case, depositions, and other material. A spokesman for Dubin said, “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory. In her deposition, Giuffre was asked, “Is there anyone else that Ghislaine Maxwell directed you to go
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Court releases documents about Jeffrey Epstein, accused in sex traffic case, and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell

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A federal appeals court on Friday unsealed nearly 2,000 pages of documents related to Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged with child sex trafficking, and Ghislaine Maxwell, his former girlfriend and his alleged procurer of underage girls.

The documents include one containing flight records showing that President Donald Trump flew on Epstein’s private plane in January 1997, from a Palm Beach, Florida, airport to Newark, New Jersey.

In another document, one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, says Maxwell directed her to have sex with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a Maine Democrat, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and other prominent people.

Giuffre, who had worked as a locker-room attendant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, also said that Epstein “told me that Donald Trump is a good friend of his,” but that she never saw the two men together. And she said in a deposition that she never had sex with Trump or flirted with him.

The White House had no immediate comment on the mention of Trump’s name on the flight logs. Richardson’s office denied he ever met Giuffre, and called the allegations “completely false.”

Mitchell in a statement said, “The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”

The files released Friday are part of a defamation lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Maxwell several years ago. The suit accused Maxwell of calling Giuffre, a liar for claiming that Maxwell and Epstein sexually abused her when she was underage.

Giuffre had also alleged that she was sexually abused while in Epstein’s circle by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister and other world leaders,” as well as noted lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor.

Maxwell, a British socialite who is the daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, later settled that defamation case with Giuffre. The terms of that settlement are not known.

But Maxwell had tried to keep filings in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan sealed.

On Friday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Maxwell’s request to have the full circuit review an earlier decision by a three-judge appeals panel that had denied Maxwell’s effort to keep the entire case sealed.

The circuit court sent the case back to the district court, where a judge will decide how much of the remaining documents will be unsealed. It also unsealed documents that included pleadings in the defamation case, depositions, and other material.

Included in the material is a September 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly invokes his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions like whether it was “standard operating procedure for Maxwell to bring underage girls up to your room for you to sexually abuse.”

On Friday, Dershowitz’s lawyer Imran Ansari said, “Professor Dershowitz has denied the accusations made against him by Virginia Giuffre since day one and has sought to unseal these records for the past three years.”

“The unsealed documents seriously call the accusations made against Professor Dershowitz into question, including an email in which reporter Sharon Churcher tells Giuffre that Professor Dershowitz is ‘a good name for your [book] pitch’ while admitting that there is ‘no proof’ and suggesting to Giuffre that she ‘probably met him,’ ” Ansari said.

“Professor Dershowitz is pleased that these documents are finally coming to light and is confident that the truth will prevail.”

Astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn was listed on one of the flight logs for Epstein’s plane, as well. Dershowitz told CNBC that Glenn flew with him, Epstein and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres to Ohio to attend a birthday party for L Brands founder Leslie Wexner.

Dershowitz added that he flew a “number” of times on Epstein’s plane, but “never, never, never, in the presence of any underage or even close to underage person.”

Glenn and Peres both died in 2016.

Among the documents unsealed Friday is deposition of Giuffre, in which she says that Maxwell directed her to have sex with Prince Andrew of Britain, Mitchell, Richardson, hedge funder Glenn Dubin, late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, modeling company founder Jean Luc-Brunel, the owner of large hotel chain, and another prince.

“There was, you know, another foreign president, I can’t remember his name,” Giuffre said in one deposition. “He was Spanish. There’s a whole bunch of them that I just — it’s just so hard for me to remember all of them.”

“I was told to do something by these people constantly … my whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy,” Giuffre said. “Their whole entire lives revolved around sex.”

Prince Andrew has denied Giuffre’s claims against him, which were previously known.

Richardson’s spokeswoman, Madeleine Mahony, in an emailed statement said, “These allegations and inferences are completely false.”

“Governor Richardson has never even been contacted by any party regarding this lawsuit,” Mahony said. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls. Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.”

Mitchell’s statement, in addition to denying he had any contact with Giuffre, said that, “In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls.”

“I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact,” Mitchell said.

A spokesman for Dubin said, “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory. The Dubins have flight records and other evidence that definitively disprove that any such events occurred.”

In her deposition, Giuffre was asked, “Is there anyone else that Ghislaine Maxwell directed you to go have sex with?”

She answered, “I am definitely sure there is. But can I remember everybody’s name? No.”

In that deposition, when asked if she was angry at Epstein, Giuffre answered, “Furious.”

Asked if she was angry at Dershowitz, Giuffre said, “Absolutely.”

“Are you angry with famous politicians?” Giuffre then was asked.

She said: “I’m angry with anybody who has it in their mind that they can hurt and abuse a minor child and continue to lie about getting away with it and that what they’ve done is okay and they can continue to harass victims, yes, I’m furious.”


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Jeffrey Epstein ‘misappropriated vast sums of money from me,’ Les Wexner says

“We discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family,” Wexner wrote in his letter. Wexner, 81, said he learned that money was missing only after he decided in 2007 to sever his relationship with Epstein after Epstein was placed under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with young girls in Florida. Numerous stories about Epstein noted that Wexner was his only known client. Jeffrey Epstein, the financier under indictment for alleged child sex trafficking, mis


“We discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family,” Wexner wrote in his letter. Wexner, 81, said he learned that money was missing only after he decided in 2007 to sever his relationship with Epstein after Epstein was placed under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with young girls in Florida. Numerous stories about Epstein noted that Wexner was his only known client. Jeffrey Epstein, the financier under indictment for alleged child sex trafficking, mis
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Jeffrey Epstein 'misappropriated vast sums of money from me,' Les Wexner says

“This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now,” wrote Wexner, whose L Brands owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.

“We discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family,” Wexner wrote in his letter.

Wexner, 81, said he learned that money was missing only after he decided in 2007 to sever his relationship with Epstein after Epstein was placed under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with young girls in Florida.

Epstein for years was known for managing Wexner’s personal finances before the first criminal probe into his penchant for getting massages from girls became public . Numerous stories about Epstein noted that Wexner was his only known client.

“I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”

In a letter to his charitable Wexner Foundation Community, he added: “I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein.”

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier under indictment for alleged child sex trafficking, misappropriated more than $46 million from Les Wexner and his family, the L Brands founder and chairman said Wednesday.

It did say that a $46 million contribution that Epstein is now known to have made to the Wexner’s YLK Charitable Fund in 2008 “represented a portion of the returned monies.”

” We were able to recover some of the funds, ” Wexner said, without disclosing how much.

Epstein, a 66-year-old former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, is being held without bail in a Manhattan jail while he faces federal sex trafficking charges lodged in early July.

He has pleaded not guilty in that case, where he is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls at his New York City townhouse and Palm Beach, Florida, mansion from 2002 through 2005, under the guise of receiving massages from them.

After Epstein’s arrest, L Brands hired outside counsel to review the company’s relationship with him. The company has said it doesn’t believe Epstein “was ever employed by nor served as an authorized representative of the company.”

Epstein is a registered sex offender. He pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges involving an underage girl in 2008. That case was lodged by a state prosecutor in Florida.

Epstein served a sentence of 13 months behind bars in that case but spent much of his time out on work release.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis directed his state’s law enforcement department Tuesday to handle a criminal probe into Epstein’s jail work release and asked the agency to launch an inquiry into “other irregularities” surrounding the earlier probe and plea agreement.

Epstein’s plea deal in Florida is now widely considered to have been too lenient given the fact that federal prosecutors now say he was engaging in far more serious crimes than the one that he admitted in the state case. At the time of that deal, police wanted state prosecutors to hit Epstein with more serious charges than they did.

Months before Epstein pleaded guilty in that state case, he reached an agreement with Alex Acosta, then-U.S. Attorney for Miami, in which Acosta’s office said it would not bring federal criminal charges against Epstein in return for his agreement to plead in the state case and to register as a sex offender. Acosta resigned as Trump’s Labor secretary last month after mounting outrage over that deal on the heels of Epstein’s latest arrest.

Read Les Wexner’s full letter to members of the Wexner Foundation.


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Florida governor orders criminal probe into handling of prior Jeffrey Epstein sex case

Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Epstein, 66, is currently facing indictment in Manhattan federal court, where he is accused of child sex trafficking. Prosecutors in that case say he sexually abused dozens of underage girls at his Manhattan townhouse and Palm Beach, Florida, mansion from 2002 through 2005. In the prior case lodged in 2008 by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office, Epst


Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Epstein, 66, is currently facing indictment in Manhattan federal court, where he is accused of child sex trafficking. Prosecutors in that case say he sexually abused dozens of underage girls at his Manhattan townhouse and Palm Beach, Florida, mansion from 2002 through 2005. In the prior case lodged in 2008 by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office, Epst
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Florida governor orders criminal probe into handling of prior Jeffrey Epstein sex case

Charges against Jeffery Epstein were announced on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis directed his state’s law enforcement department Tuesday to handle a criminal probe into Jeffrey Epstein’s jail work release in the late 2000s, and also asked the agency to launch an inquiry into “other irregularities” surrounding an earlier probe and plea agreement with Epstein.

DeSantis said he wants the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into “the prior state investigation ” of Epstein and the plea agreement he signed in 2008.

Epstein, 66, is currently facing indictment in Manhattan federal court, where he is accused of child sex trafficking. He was arrested in early July at a New Jersey airport after flying there from Paris on his private plane.

Prosecutors in that case say he sexually abused dozens of underage girls at his Manhattan townhouse and Palm Beach, Florida, mansion from 2002 through 2005. He has pleaded not guilty, and is being held without bail because the judge in his case said he could represent a danger to other underage girls if he were released.

In the prior case lodged in 2008 by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges involving an underage girl.

Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, served 13 months in jail in that case, during which he was allowed outside for hours nearly every day. The case was filed after police called for far more serious charges involving alleged sexual misconduct with underage girls to be brought against Epstein.


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‘MAGA Bomber’ Cesar Sayoc sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to kill Trump critics, including Obama, Clinton, Biden, Booker, Harris

“Now that I am a sober man, I know that I was a very sick man,” Sayoc reportedly said. Rakoff noted that Sayoc, even if he proves to be a model prison, “will be about 75 years old before he can be released.” Prosecutors had asked Rakoff to sentence the former exotic dancer and steroid abuser to life in prison for the mail bombing spree. Sayoc’s other intended targets including news network CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, Sens. The packages carried a re


“Now that I am a sober man, I know that I was a very sick man,” Sayoc reportedly said. Rakoff noted that Sayoc, even if he proves to be a model prison, “will be about 75 years old before he can be released.” Prosecutors had asked Rakoff to sentence the former exotic dancer and steroid abuser to life in prison for the mail bombing spree. Sayoc’s other intended targets including news network CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, Sens. The packages carried a re
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'MAGA Bomber' Cesar Sayoc sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to kill Trump critics, including Obama, Clinton, Biden, Booker, Harris

“MAGA Bomber” Cesar Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for sending 16 mail bombs to 13 people around the United States last year, including leading critics of President Donald Trump such as former President Barack Obama, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor Robert De Niro and financier George Soros.

“I am beyond so very sorry for what I did,” Sayoc said before he was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by Judge Jed Rakoff, according to the Courthouse News Service.

“Now that I am a sober man, I know that I was a very sick man,” Sayoc reportedly said. “I wish more than anything that I could turn back time and take back what I did … I feel the pain and suffering of these victims.”

But Rakoff said, “The nature and circumstances of the instant offenses are, by any measure, horrendous.”

“While none of the devices exploded … at the very least they were intended to strike fear and terror into the minds of their victims and to intimidate those victims, mostly prominent political figures, from exercising their freedom.”

Rakoff noted that Sayoc, even if he proves to be a model prison, “will be about 75 years old before he can be released.”

“No one can pretend this is not, in real terms, substantial punishment; but in the Court’s view, it is no more, and no less, than [what] he deserves,” Rakoff said.

Sayoc, a 57-year-old Florida resident whose own lawyers called him “a Donald Trump super-fan,” pleaded guilty on March 21 to 65 criminal counts, which included using weapons of mass destruction and illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill or injure. Prosecutors said Sayoc’s crimes amounts to a “domestic terrorist attack.”

Prosecutors had asked Rakoff to sentence the former exotic dancer and steroid abuser to life in prison for the mail bombing spree.

Sayoc’s other intended targets including news network CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Tom Steyer, a billionaire now running for the Democratic presidential nomination with Booker and Harris.

The packages carried a return address of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., former chief of the Democratic National Committee.


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Trump says Rep. John Ratcliffe withdraws from consideration for intelligence chief, blasts ‘LameStream media’

US Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, listens as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies in Washington, DC, on July 24, 2019. Rep. John Ratcliffe has withdrawn from consideration as the next director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump said Friday, on the heels of continued questions about Ratcliffe’s qualifications for the job. Trump said that Ratcliffe, who will remain in Congress, “is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream media.” The president sai


US Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, listens as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies in Washington, DC, on July 24, 2019. Rep. John Ratcliffe has withdrawn from consideration as the next director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump said Friday, on the heels of continued questions about Ratcliffe’s qualifications for the job. Trump said that Ratcliffe, who will remain in Congress, “is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream media.” The president sai
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Trump says Rep. John Ratcliffe withdraws from consideration for intelligence chief, blasts 'LameStream media'

US Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, listens as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies in Washington, DC, on July 24, 2019.

Rep. John Ratcliffe has withdrawn from consideration as the next director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump said Friday, on the heels of continued questions about Ratcliffe’s qualifications for the job.

Ratcliffe’s withdrawal, which Trump blamed on unfair media coverage of the Texas Republican, came just five days after the president announced that current national intelligence chief Dan Coats would leave his post in mid-August, and that Ratcliffe would be nominated to replace him.

And it came several days after Ratcliffe aids had to walk back his claims that as a federal prosecutor he had won convictions of terrorism cases.

Trump said that Ratcliffe, who will remain in Congress, “is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream media.”

“Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people … John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country,” Trump said on Twitter.

The president said he would soon announce another person as his nominee for director of national intelligence.

Trump told reporters later that Ratcliffe’s withdrawal camed when, “I asked him, I said, ‘do you want to go through this for two or three months, or would you want me to maybe do something else?’ And he thought about it, I said, ‘it’s gonna be rough.’ ”

“I could see exactly where the press was going. Fake news. He’s a fine man, he’s a fine man,” Trump said. “And so we hadn’t started the process and I thought it’s easier before we start. But I read things that were just unfair. And he’s just too good. He doesn’t deserve it.”


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